A Spring Season of Prayer and Praise

To God’s holy chosen people living in reach of Gracespring Bible Church…

“ Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus…

 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God,” (Philippians 1).

You may need to reread those words.

Familiarity with the passage may tempt us to skim, so feel free to read over, and over again. These words were written by a man to his beloved co- laborers for Christ thousands of years ago. Yet they can reflect how we at Gracespring feel about each other as members of one body, the Church. We are co-laborers with Christ and with each other. The Lord is surely at work within us, among us. We need to remember the Lord has brought us here and kept us here at Gracespring for such a time as this: a time of vigilant striving to do His work and worship Him with great joy.

Front and center of my prayers for us is to know with hope the good work the LORD has planned for us, and that the fruit would lead to worship lifted to our good Father.

“For this is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go,” Isaiah 48:17 NIV .

  Thank you, Lord, for being the Light for our steps and for desiring to partner with us. You are calling us into good work which You will accomplish through us.

Where do we start? Good work is such a broad idea.

First, I believe it is the Lord’s desire that we the family of Gracespring Bible will mark this spring of 2018 as a time of concerted prayer-led and joy-filled service. Let us commit to lifting up each other’s burdens and lifting up worship where all praise is due. Perhaps stop reading now and do this. Praise God for who He is. The LORD will surely meet with you when you seek Him with your whole heart and praise His glorious name.

This season of communal prayer will certainly lead us to remember together that our faith is daily. Our struggle is not with the day after tomorrow or its troubles. The battle and its victory are here and now. Let’s seek the Lord’s best use for our day today and then ask Him to guide and bless us again when tomorrow becomes today. One of our greatest struggles is to be attentive to the praise and worship moments here and now—we are so capable of seeing and planning ahead that we can miss the opportunities at hand.

I am frequently mindful of an example of a woman who had to live her faith one day at a time. She was told she must throw her baby to the crocodiles in the Nile River. Every day she prayerfully hid her newborn son and one day, with no idea what the result would be, she wove a basket. Imagine this exhausted mother sitting in the hidden dark of her house, probably late at night, weaving reeds. Maybe she wondered what good it would do, if any. She simply did all she could do that day and God used that little tar-pitched reed vessel to carry His servant-baby Moses into the arms of a sympathetic princess, into the palace of Pharaoh, and eventually into leadership of His beloved Israel out of slavery.

Could Yochebed have known her small act was the simple first step to the deliverance of all her people? Not a chance she wove that basket thinking, “Eventually this boy will lead our people through the parted sea itself!” Obedience almost never knows the next step, let alone the outcome! This mother did such a small thing. But it was exponentially useful in God’s capable hands.

Evil prowls. The enemy is stirring fear and hatred all over this globe. The seemingly endless tragedies and nightmares of the innocent abused fill our inboxes and spatter our social media.

“What can I do? What can I do right now?” we ask. The LORD answered that for me this week.

We can praise. Yes, praise. Pray without ceasing and pray out loud! Evil cannot win in the presence of praise.

Whatever our eyes see, when the LORD moves in us to give Him praise and glory, the battle is indeed being won.

Remember—worship is our primary tool against evil, against our enemy. Worship with song and study and service. Simply marvel at who GOD is, sometimes out loud, for a broken world to receive HIS much-needed hope and light.

“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion,” (Philippians 1).

Lord help us to focus today on You—the tasks, the concerns, the work are Yours. We may not be able to see past today or we may be drowning in concerns for tomorrow. Whichever the case, fix our gaze on You that we may seek You first and give you praise. 

May we the family of Gracespring be marked by joyous service and praise for our Savior. This is where our victory lies—by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony —our worship!

May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts please You, Jesus—the One who was and is and is to come! Amen.

Post by Melanie DeKruyter, gracespring member

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